Bangalore’s food guide

A few weeks ago I wrote about the ultimate travel guide to the Bangalore city. Now is the time to write about Bangalore’s food guide that one can use and cherish the food that is available in this amazing home city of mine. Bangalore is a multicultural city and it has food for all. It caters to all cuisines but in this post, I want to concentrate only on the food that are authentic to the Bangalore culture and tradition.

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Where is Bangalore?

Bangalore, officially now known as Bengaluru, is the capital city of Karnataka state in India. Bearing lots of titles like city of lakes or Garden city, the city is a hub for the Information Technology (IT) industry in India. The city is also famous for its night culture.

Bangalore is the Silicon Valley of India.

What does Bangalore’s authentic food entail?

Bangalore is a mix of cultures with diverse ethnicities. The city’s population is made up of around 50% of migrants. Bangalore’s food culture entails both the traditional and the modern form of dishes. In spite of this mix, Bangalore has retained its authentic food culture and tradition involving the idlis, dosas and pongal.

Bangalore’s food guide

Akki rotti

A rice based breakfast item in Bangalore is the Akki rotti. Akki Rotti translates to Rice bread in Kannada language. The rice flour is mixed with onions, chillies, coriander leaves, salt and water and kneaded well till the dough is soft. The dough is then stretched into thin sheets and placed over a pan with oil and heat till the sheet (rotti) turns golden colour.

The best places to find Akki Rotti are Kadamba in Rajajinagar, Tindi Beedhi (food street) in VV Puram and Hallimane in Malleswaram.

Akki Rotti (Bangalore)
Akki Rotti; Picture taken by Manju Kishore

Biscuits at bakeries

The best hot freshly made biscuits made at local bakeries are a must try when in Bangalore. The butter, salt and spicy biscuits make amazing combination with filter coffee. This is truly my favourite and I always bring back a lot of biscuits while coming back from Bangalore to Sydney.

The best places to buy these biscuits are at any of the Iyengar bakeries or Variar bakery.

Bangalore Bakery
One of Iyengar bakeries

Bisibele bath

Believed to have originated in the Mysore Palace, Bisibele Bath is a spicy rice based dish. It involves rice, a type of lentil called Toor daal, spicy masala (usually home made but there are masalas available at any Indian store these days), vegetables and ghee.

Kadamba and MTR are the best places to eat the delicious Bisibele Bath.

Bisibelebath Bangalore
Bisibele Bath

Bread/ Masala toast

Another favourite of mine is the Bread/ Masala toast that is available at any of the local bakeries. It is simple and has only onions, chillies, tomatoes (little), curry leaves, a bit of masala, salt spread on top of a toasted slice of bread.

Local Iyengar bakeries are the best to buy bread toast.

Bangalore toast
Bread toast

Cafe Coffee Day

The cafe culture was introduced to Bangalore by Cafe Coffee Day (CCD). It has definitely been my most visited and favourite place ever because of the plenty of memories, during my teenage years, associated with it. Even though there are plenty of cafes today in Bangalore, I still head back to CCD every single time. Tropical Iceberg is the crushed ice coffee that is my favourite.

Location: CCD is at various locations around Bangalore.

Cafe Coffee Day Bangalore
Tropical Iceberg at Cafe Coffee Day

Chakli

Chakli is a spiral shaped savoury snack. The main ingredients are bengal gram, rice and black gram flours. These are mixed with masala (like corainder seeds powder, jeera powder, sesame seeds, red pepper powder, salt and others). They are all mixed together to make a dough which are then kneaded and shaped in circular spiral shapes. The circular shapes are fried in hot oil.

Corner House

Opened in the year 1982, the Corner House is an ice cream shop that is adored by the locals, especially the teenagers. The Death by chocolate is something that cannot be missed and all of us have tried it at least once in our lifetime. The Corner House has been lasting for the last four decades and is still a favourite ice cream shop.

Location: Corner House is at various locations around Bangalore.

Corner House Bangalore
Chocolate Mousse at Corner House

Cream bun

A very popular sweet bun in the local Iyengar’s bakery is the cream bun. The bun contains either vanilla or chocolate cream with sometimes tuttifruitis (candied fruits). I love the plain vanilla or the chocolate cream buns.

The best places to try cream buns are at any of the local Iyengar bakeries. The trick is to find a soft bun. The softer the bun, the fresh it is. Do not take the hard or dried bun, it tastes horrible and you will not like it.

Cream bun Bangalore
Cream bun

Doodh peda

Doodh Peda is a sweet dish made from milk, flour or khoya. It is a very popular Bangalore sweet that is distributed at occasions and festivals.

The best place to buy delicious and tasty Doodh Pedas are at Nandini Sweets.

Doodh Peda (Bangalore)
Doodh Peda

Donne Biryani

A hot biryani is served in an eco friendly palm leaves cup called Donne is Donne Biryani. The Donne Biryani is very famous among the meat (only goat or mutton) eaters.

Filter coffee

Filter coffee is the crown of Bangalore. We Bangaloreans love our filter coffee and we have it at least twice in a day. The coffee is made from the coffee extraction and is served in small and cute steel/ glass cups.

Chalukya, Vidyarthi Bhawan, MTR, Maiyas, Hatti Kaapi are some of the best places to find the best filter coffee.

Filter coffee Bangalore
Filter coffee

Idli Vade

Idlis are the rice cakes made from rice and lentils. It is the breakfast that every Bangalorean prefers and cherishes. Vade is a fried doughnut shaped snack that is eaten dipped in sambar. Idli and Vade are the best combination for breakfast and are usually given with chutney and sambar.

Any darshinis, Brahmin’s cafe (Makkala kuta), Veena stores (Malleswaram) are a few places to eat best Idli Vade.

Idlis
Idlis; Picture taken by Vijay Kumar

Kesari bath

Another Indian sweet is the Kesari bath. It is made from Semolina, sugar, ghee, milk and water. It is usually given with a savoury dish Uppittu and these two make a great breakfast.

Kerari bath is available at any of the darshinins.

Maddur Vade

Used as snacks, Maddur Vade are crisp fried patties. It is traditionally made of Semolina, rice flour, all purpose flour, curry leaves, grated coconut and onions.

Halli mane is famous for Maddur vade.

Maddur Vade Bangalore
Maddur Vade

Masala Dosa

Masala Dosa is a crepe type dish, made from rice batter and type of lentils. The crepe is served with a filling of potatoes, onions, and spices. It is also given with chutney and sambar.

The best place to get Masala Dosa is CTR in Malleswaram.

Bangalore
Masala Dose

Masala Puri

A very famous Bangalorean street food is the Masala Puri. It is a peas curry with tomatoes and onions served on the crispy crushed puris.

The best place to try Masala Puri is at any street vendor.

Masala Puri Bangalore
Masala Puri

Obattu

Holige or Obattu is a sweet flat bread. It is said to be existing from the 14th century. This is also my favourite dish.

The best place to have a complete vegetarian meal with Obattu is at Nalapaka in Rajajinagar.

Bangalore Obattu
Obattu Oota

Ragi mudde

Ragi mudde is a traditional and healthy Karnataka food, made with finger millet flour. It is eaten with curry or saaru.

The best Raggi mudde is served at the Military hotel.

Ragi Mudde
Ragi mudde; Picture taken by Ashwin from Kavi Ruchi

Ragi Rotti

A healthy breakfast is the Ragi Rotti, made from finger millet flour. It is enjoyed best with chillies and green chutney.

Ragi Rotti
Ragi Rotti; Picture taken by Ashwin from Kavi Ruchi

Uppittu

A thick porridge made from semolina and vegetables is Uppittu. It is served with Kesari bath and chutney.

Uppittu is available at any of the darshinins.

Upittu Bangalore
Uppittu; Picture taken by Vijay Kumar

Closing Notes

These are just some of the food items that one can find in Bangalore city. The food culture is huge and we have many more delicious food items that can be added to the above list.

Do you think I have missed any delicious and tasty Bangalore food that needs to be added to this list? Let me know in the comments below.

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18 thoughts on “Bangalore’s food guide”

  1. Oh my, I am already drooling looking at the pics…well detailed dear. Reminds me how much I miss namma bengalooru and the food.

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  2. Gosh what a variety of foods I’ve never seen or heard of before. The bread/masala toast looks really interesting and the chocolate mousse from the corner house looks delicious.

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  3. This food blog is making me hungry! My favorites are filter coffee, idli, masala dosa and maddur vada. Yummy food indeed. Thanks for introducing other Bangalore specific food that I did not know. 🙂

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  4. We had no idea about the food we would find in India when we visited. We were worried about spices but found there was lots of variety. So I would be sure to use this food guide if we ever gat to visit Bangalore. And we could certainly enjoy the bakery and coffee treats! But hubby would not leave without sampling that chocolate mousse from the Corner House.

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  5. What I love about the authentic Bangalore dishes that you highlighted is their simplicity. I often think Western food has become so complicated that you can’t enjoy the individual ingredients. That Death by Chocolate made me want to lick my computer screen! And the Doodh peda is almost too pretty to eat. I also loved finding out how different a typical Bangalore breakfast is from an American breakfast. Thanks for a yummy article!

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  6. I’m vegetarian so it’s great to see so many options. I’ve tried the Akki rotti before but I’m intrigued by the Masala Puri. There’s so many sweet dishes too. I know I won’t got hungry in Bangalore!

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  7. I love Indian food and it’s been a while since I have not had any. It’s not a thing where I live now. I’ve been to Malleswaram but never tried the masala dosa. I’ve had rava dosa so I am curious about the difference. Do you have any recipes in your blog? Would love to see how you guys authentically make it. Thanks for sharing, Raksha!

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  8. Wow, now I did not think Bangalore had such a variety but then, I have only been there once and it is one of my favourite cities in India. I tried Bissi Bele Bath when I was a little child and didn’t quite like it back then but I also had too many tantrums when it came to food as a child, so I think I better try it now, I might like it. I am aware of biscuits in bakeries being really good because I’ve tried some!

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  9. I always love reading about food guide. There’re so many new dishes in your post that I’ve never heard before! I’d love to try Obattu flat bread with a meal. Doodh Peda and Tropical Iceberg at Cafe Coffee Day look delicious too.

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  10. Omg! I miss my Bangalore days now! Your mention of Corner House had got me all nostalgic. Infact Corner House was just round the corner from the PG where I lived. And every Friday, a few friends used to go there, have ice creams and vent out our frustrations! I also loved the Doodh Peda and Bisibele Bath.

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  11. Bangalore is a foodie’s haven. the food scene in the city has evolved over time, but the beauty is the co-existence of cuisines. Italian and Chinese rub shoulders with authentic local eateries like MTR and Vidyarthi Bhavan. It is a city where you can nonchalantly have your Bisibelebath and Risotto in the same breath!

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  12. These foods looked sooo delicious and the perfect pictures worked best with the description. I would love to visit Bengaluru to taste and relish all these foods.

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